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Squaw Valley [Christmas week]

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Hey guys..Thinking about a last minute skiing trip on Christmas week. We've been to Steamboat for Christmas and liked it. Does anyone have any info on Squaw Valley for Christmas? How's the snow? Are there long lift lines? How's the nightlife? Are there any good ski in/ski out accom? Thanks in advance!!!!

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squaw is getting snow but is not quite there yet, I would try to make the decision last minute or have refundable lodging/airfare

 

It does has ski in/out

 

events xmas week and night skiing too, village to hang out in

 

Lines are not too bad, depends on the stuff you like to ski

 

also you get Alpine meadows on the same pass so it shouldn't be that bad

post #3 of 8

Nothing much to ski there yet.  No one can predict snow around Christmas this far out.  Maybe, maybe not.  If it's a last minute trip - wait till the snow falls and come out then.  Staying on mountain recommended if can afford it due to heavy traffic from locals and daytrippers during better snow days.

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Crazy if you go there.  Revelstoke BC....real mountain real people with only 5300ft vert!!!  Awesome!  Why would you want to ski that Sierra Cement when you could ski the REAL cold smoke!!!!

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Crazy if you go there.  Revelstoke BC....real mountain real people with only 5300ft vert!!!  Awesome!  Why would you want to ski that Sierra Cement when you could ski the REAL cold smoke!!!!

Oh yeah, Rev never gets cement with their crazy high elevation over the entire 5300 vert. Sarcasm meter on high

post #6 of 8

There's this thing called Latitude...you might want to read about it.  Way colder that far north and tree line is way lower, which you will notice if you ski there!!  That's where the term COLD SMOKE AND HELI SKIING ORGINATED!!!

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There's this thing called Latitude...you might want to read about it.  

 

You think that's all about latitude?  So Mt Baker and Crystal Mountain have drier snow and a lower tree-lines than telluride and taos?  Perhaps you might consider the even more pronounced role of Elevation and Oceanic vs. Continental weather patterns.  You might want to read about it.  

 

And, to the original question, Early season is a gamble anywhere on the planet, the advice to book later no matter where you choose to go is good advice.  Expect any resort to be busier Christmas (less terrain open and it's a Popular ski holiday).  Greater Lake Tahoe eating and drinking is among the best in all of skidom, if that matters to you.  I'd keep an eye on which regions are getting snow…Why specifically are you looking at Tahoe?  Is it close to you?

post #8 of 8

Yes because Rev is inland the air cools as it moves towards mountains, that is major factor.  That all depends on where the normal High that is in gulf of Alaska is.  It's been sitting off the coast of California for last 3 years and or inland over four corners blocking us from snow.  Having a Geography degree has taught me that also.  Mt Baker/Crystal are too close to water, just like Whistler, so, unless they get continental storms from Canada, its wet and sloppy, just like the Sierra Cement!

 

Only if you're from Cali, where I lived for 15 years of my life, would you think that Tahoe was even remotely close to best in Skidom.  

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